Piper PA-31T and Cessna 172, Denver, Colo., Jan. 24, 2003–At about 5 p.m. CST, Cessna 172P N52241 departed from Denver Centennial Airport (APA) en route to Cheyenne, Wyo. N52241 was rented from Key Lime Flight based at Centennial Airport. About 10 minutes later Piper Cheyenne N360LL departed Jefferson County Airport (BJC) in the Denver area en route to APA.
Piper PA-42 Cheyenne
Piper PA-42 Cheyenne, Prescott, Ariz., Oct. 18, 2006–The NTSB determined that, during air-to-air photography, the Cheyenne photo ship came too close to the subject MiG’s jet core exhaust, causing the separation of the Cheyenne’s T-tail upper section vertical stabilizer. The Cheyenne, registered to Flying Moose, crashed and the ATP-rated pilot and four passengers were killed.
Piper Cheyenne N160TR was destroyed and its pilot killed when the turboprop twin crashed into a field near Rieschweiler, Germany, on February 12. According to the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Investigation, VMC prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight originated in Zweibrucken, Germany, and was en route to Split, Croatia.
Piper PA-42 Cheyenne, Prescott, Ariz., Oct. 18, 2006–Cheyenne N121CS was involved in a photo shoot with a Soviet MiG-21 when the Cheyenne’s tail section separated in flight and the airplane crashed. All five aboard the Cheyenne were killed.
Three twin-turboprop accidents within four days of each other last month claimed the lives of all 13 aboard. On October 15, four people in a Twin Commander 690 were killed when the aircraft crashed near Antlers, Okla. On October 18, five people were killed in a Piper Cheyenne when it crashed during a photo flight with a MiG-21.
Very light jets (VLJs) may well represent the tsunami on the horizon for the owner-flown turbine market. But with less than a year to go before the first VLJ is scheduled for delivery, the turbine tide, nevertheless, has been rising steadily for at least the past decade-and-a-half.
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